Everything I Know About Finding the Best Clothes for Big Bums
I have a lot to thank Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian West for, but the, ahem, biggest thing of all? How I’m able to embrace my big bum. Before the song, Bootylicious, came out, I felt self-conscious about having a curvy bottom. Now, I’m not saying that Bey had the power to change my feelings overnight, but that combined with J.Lo and Kardashian West’s influence over how we view butts, I started to feel like it was something to be embraced and not something to be embarrassed about.
However, even if you are blessed with a fuller butt, much like if you’ve got a bigger bust, there are some fashion hurdles to jump. Pick the wrong piece, and you can somehow end up looking a few dress sizes bigger than you are. And while your physical appearance isn’t everything, it’s always useful to know the tricks to dressing for your shape to help you feel and look more confident.
Thankfully, I’ve gathered tips along the way on what not to wear, as well as the pieces will make a juicy booty proud. In fact, if you’re even looking to enhance your derriére to appear a tad rounder, there’s some advice for that too. From the right underwear to the most flattering coat, I’ve got the hacks that will give you more confidence about showing it off. Important note: We’re not trying to make big bums look smaller— it’s all about celebrating what you have.
Keep scrolling for tips on finding the best clothes for big bums…
#1: Seamless knickers
Unless you’re going for the VPL look (not sure that’s a thing), then you want to make sure that you’re wearing the right underwear, otherwise, you’ll get that not-so-flattering double-butt look that shows through your clothes. Now, I’m not a fan of the thong, mainly because “ouch,” so what’s the solution? Well, for starters, be honest with yourself—do you buy the “right” size of knickers for your bum? For me, I have to go a size up. Even though I take a size 10 in trousers I will buy size 12 knickers so that I don’t cut my butt in half. Also, I’ll go for a pair that is made from polyester rather than cotton.
#2: High-waisted jeans or trousers
If you want to really show off your butt, then high-waisted jeans or trousers are ideal. Not only will they nip you in at the waist to give you an enhanced hourglass shape, but they’ll hug your bum to give it a peachy look.
#3: Short/crop tops
You’ve got the knickers, the right trousers, now why would you want to go ruin that look by leaving a shirt or T-shirt hanging over your bum? This is where I’ve seen plenty of people go wrong. I know this because I’ve also done it myself, too. What ends up happening, if you don’t tuck in your top to your trousers, is that you only make your body look bigger than it is. Your bum acts like a tent pole—if you will. Not only that, but you’ll lose the shape of your body, which means that that lovely hourglass silhouette gets hidden, and no one wants that. Here, you can also try a crop top or cropped jumper all the better for showing off your butt.
#4: Midi skirts
It’s tempting to think that the pencil skirt is the best skirt for enhancing your bum, but an A-line version is much more flattering, says Who What Wear UK’s editorial director, Hannah Almassi. Adding to that, I would suggest a midi skirt that’s high-waisted or a wrap skirt that gives you an hourglass shape.
#5: Wrap dresses
Much like the high-waisted trousers, you want to make a feature of your waist so that you give yourself a great shape and therefore make your bum look good. I’ve worn one wrap dress from Warehouse over this summer, and every time I wear it I always get compliments.
#6: Long, belted coats
While you might think that a belted jacket is ideal for showing off your bum, here it can get a little tricky. In my experience, if a belted jacket falls around you knee height, you’ll end up enhancing your bum more than you might like. However, if you get a jacket that falls just above the ankle, it will be much more flattering (the length of the jacket pulls down the eye, rather than making people just stare at your butt).
#7: Shorter jackets
If you’re wearing a blazer, ensure that it has a back vent (the bit that sits on your bum) down the middle. Not only will this be better for showing off your bum, but it’ll also stop from bulking your perky posterior with too much material. However, when it comes to bombers and leather jackets, if they sit around your waist, then there’s no problem, but if they’re oversized, try not to do them up. If you do, you’ll end up adding inches to your figure.